Didier Reynders congratulates UNESCO’s new Director-General

General Conference of UNESCO Member States officially appointed today Audrey Azoulay as the new Director-General of UNESCO.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders congratulates Audrey Azoulay and wishes her all the best in her future functions. The Minister takes this opportunity to thank outgoing Director-General Irina Bokova for her commitment and dedication.

UNESCO promotes peace through education, science and culture. Didier Reynders supports a multilateral approach. He mentions as an example the protection of endangered cultural heritage, which must more than ever feature in the programmes of UNESCO. The Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict of 1954, and its Protocols, must be implemented and carried out all over the world.

The Minister recalls that education is at the heart of mission of UNESCO. This focus must be extended to fundamental areas such as human rights and citizenship. Minister Reynders is pleased with the initiatives aimed at preventing violent extremism through education.

To conclude, Didier Reynders wishes to assure the new Director-General of the support of Belgium.